2020-21 Long Pond Watershed Survey
On September 22- 23, 2020, the Belgrade Lakes Association (BLA) conducted a survey of the developed land areas in the Long Pond watershed which included portions of land within the towns of Mount Vernon, Belgrade, Rome, Vienna and New Sharon. The purpose of the survey was to identify and prioritize sources of erosion and stormwater runoff that may affect the water quality of the lake, which is considered impaired for not meeting state water quality standards due to a decline in water quality over the past 30 years. The last survey of the Long Pond watershed was conducted in 2002, 18 years ago.
Current information is needed to help develop a watershed management plan that will protect and improve water quality. A new survey was also a necessary step for applying and receiving grant funding from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). These funds can provide cost-sharing opportunities landowners, road associations, and towns to complete improvements identified during the survey. Acquiring grant funding is a 2- to 3-year process that begins with the volunteer assisted watershed survey, followed by updating the watershed management plan.
Town of Mount Vernon residents owning land in the Long Pond watershed had received a letter from BLA the week of August 17th requesting permission to survey your property. Participation in the survey was voluntary and landowners did not need to be present to participate. All survey work was completed in compliance with state COVID-19 guidelines to ensure the safety of survey volunteers and landowners.
For more information contact the BLA at: (207) 512-5150 or email info@BLAmaine.org.
As many of you prepare
to come back to the lake, it would be well to check
with the Maine CDC to get the most up to date information as your departure
time nears. We hope to see you soon!
For 2021, your Belgrade Lakes Association is now into their third year of their Loon Preservation Project with renowned expert Lee Attix of Loon Conservation Associates. We continue to solicit funding to conduct a common loon (Gavia immer) study on both Great and Long Ponds to develop a comprehensive plan in order to support and grow the loon population in a sustainable manner. With this plan, we will be better prepared to establish and maintain nesting areas that are sensible and well-protected.
Volunteers on the two lakes have always understood the significant of these beautiful birds within our environment. Each year, many volunteers canvas the waters for loons in support of the annual Audubon Loon Count. These loon-lovers along with the BLA and like stewards of the environment are willing and able; with the necessary funding and resulting study, to better assist and educate all of the volunteers and maximize their impact on the region.
The Belgrade Lakes Association, consisting of 560 members as of late 2019, continues to work hard to foster strong relationships in an effort to create a sustainable environment within the watershed. The Association has been involved in providing educational opportunities in the region related to water quality and the environment; we have also been working cooperatively with Colby College on several water quality-related initiatives, served as the region’s leader in milfoil remediation and prevention, provided support for the study and treatment of phosphorus-related blooms, as well as providing support for land conservation in order to protect the water resources.
The impact of weather on our environment can be significant and we must gain a better perspective of its impact on our resources. These changes have impacted the common loon and its habits within the region. We understand that pollutants have an impact on the loon population so we all must strive to minimize such negative effects. Our Association seeks to be proactive in supporting our loon population rather than be caught flat footed wondering what happened to our loons!
The targeted study is being organized by Lee Attix, a demonstrated research and conservation professional. The project includes a comprehensive study of the watershed area, a survey of the two lakes, consulting on effective loon management strategies, public presentations, volunteer training, contaminant analysis, among other helpful, important tasks to enable the Belgrade Lakes Association to leverage its volunteer pool in protecting and strengthening the common loon population.
Number of People Served by the Project: 5,900 year-round residents, plus an approximate 4,400 seasonal residents
Geographic Area Served by the Project: The primary focus of this project takes place within the watersheds of Great Pond and Long Pond in the towns of Rome, Belgrade, and Mount Vernon, within Kennebec County, Maine. The project covers approximately 133 square miles, of which 26.5 acres is water.
Time frame for the Project: 2019-2023. (We have successfully completed our 2020 Monitoring Summary Report and we are now already deep into our 2021 Season)
New BLA Loon Nest Great Pond 2021
BLA Loon Nest Upper Long Pond 2020
25 yr old Floating nest upper Long Pond 2019
July 24th, 2020 Loon Survey Update
The 2020 Belgrade Lakes Common Loon Monitoring Summary Report
2019 Belgrade Lakes Common Loon Monitoring Summary Report
For the results of the 2020 Audubon Loon Count:
2019 Great Pond 2019 Long Pond
A Special Thank you goes out to our 2021 dedicated Loon Volunteers that gave up so much of their personal time to assist with our weekly Loon Surveys. We could not have this sucessful project without their service and support. Thank you all!!
Joan Amon, Sandy Colt, Paul Feinberg, Blaine and Nattie Horrocks, Elaine and Roger Karabin, Matthew, Alex and Tim McManus, Russ Sabia, Ruth Vigue, Alex Wall and many others
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Maine's 200 ft No Wake Zone:
It is illegal to operate a vessel at greater than “headway speed” (the slowest speed at which it is still possible to maintain steering and control of the vessel) while:
Within 200 feet of any shoreline, including islands
Exception: Vessels may operate at greater than headway speed in the areas listed above while actively fishing or while following a direct course to pick up or drop off skiers.
2021 Raffle details and Winners
2021 MEMBERSHIP LETTER and INVITATIONS
2020 OUR YEAR END ANNUAL APPEAL
2021 BLA Annual Meeting - Meeting Photographs
2021 SUMMER NEWSLETTER
2021-22 FALL and WINTER WATER LEVELS
BELGRADE LAKES ASSOCIATION'S 100 YR AWARD
2020 BELGRADE LOON MONITORING SUMMARY
LONG POND'S CASTLE ISLAND BRIDGE CLEARANCES
As a member you will receive quarterly newsletters, an invitation to the annual meeting, and other BLA sponsored events. Most importantly, you will be part of an important local effort and gain insight on how to "protect and preserve" these precious resources we enjoy today.
The Belgrade Lakes Association is, by our best estimates, the oldest Lake's Association in the State of Maine, holing back to 1909.Water Quality programs continue to form the heart of the Belgrade Lakes Association's mission. Our Mission is "To protect and improve the watershed of Great and Long Pond through preservation, education and action." The Belgrade Lakes Association welcomes your contribution. Every dollar helps us to protect and preserve Great and Long Ponds, and the surrounding watershed. Please DONATE TODAY.
To protect and improve the watershed of Great Pond and Long Pond through preservation, education, and action.